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Maria is a single mother. She has a 3-year-old daughter and lives in her parents' home in Villa Tunari neighborhood, in the city of El Alto. She worked very hard to finish high school.

Maria currently works making 'mantas' (a traditional textile used as a shawl or carrying cloth) by machine. She sells her products on Thursdays and Sundays, in 16 de Julio district.

Maria needs this loan to buy a punch card knitting machine so that she can offer her customers new designs and types of 'mantas'.

Maria's dream is to distribute her products nationally. This is the first time that she has requested a loan from IMPRO or Kiva.
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Maria es madre soltera, tiene un hija de tres años de edad, vive en casa de sus padres, la misma se encuentra ubicada en la zona de Villa Tunari de la ciudad de El Alto.
Ella pudo con mucho esfuerzo terminar la secundaria. Actualmente se dedida a elaborar mantas con una maquina, sus productos son comercializados los dias jueves y domingos en la Zona 16 de Julio.
Necesita credito para comprar una maquina con tarjeta, de esa manera tendra innovaciones en su oferta y podra ofrecer a su clientela diferentes clases de mantas.
El sueño de Maria es distribuir sus productos a nivel nacional
Es la primera vez que solicita crédito junto a IMPRO y la primera vez con KIVA.

Additional Information


IMPRO is a small non-profit organization that has been offering micro credit to the working poor in the Bolivian cities of La Paz and El Alto since 1995. IMPRO’s goal is to fight poverty by offering loans to small business owners who cannot access credit through the regular banking system due to a lack of guarantees or collateral.

To ensure that everyone has access to credit, IMPRO maintains a low interest rate by minimizing operational costs. IMPRO’s partnership with Kiva, which began in 2007, has allowed IMPRO to expand its services while maintaining these low interest rates.

About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 153
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $36,657,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Maria to buy a punch card knitting machine for making 'mantas' (a traditional textile).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 25, 2013
Jul 10, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 18, 2015